Letting Go: A Novel

Letting Go: A Novel

by Maria Thompson Corley


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781535044370
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/04/2016
Pages: 500
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.14(d)

About the Author

Maria Thompson Corley is a Canadian pianist (MM, DMA, The Juilliard School) of Jamaican and Bermudian descent, with experience as a college professor, private piano instructor, composer, arranger and voice actor.She has contributed to Broad Street Review since 2008, and also blogs for Huffington Post. Her first novel, Choices, was published by Kensington.

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Letting Go: A Novel 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
LAMartinez More than 1 year ago
Set in parts of Canada that I will never visit, and part of New York that I can only dream of, this book, along with the 'will they/won't they' story line, this story is already wonderful. I love the humor, the wit, the charm of both Langston and Cecile. I could feel the energy emanating from the pages when they first met. The thing that I will always gravitate to are stories with faith in its pages, and people that we may never relate to but they have the same testimonies and fears as us. There are very few books that I've come across that I think, "aha, that's me!" I'm not a huntress. I'm not a seducer. I'm not even that nerdy for some hot guy to stumble into me. But aside from the immense musical talent, of which I do not possess one iota of, I saw myself in Cecile. (Also, I'm a total sloucher, and beauty is subjective no matter who you are, but this is less about physicality and more about people's motives, and personality). I could see the cracks in her Type A personality. I can remember the need to please God, but then remembering the pleasures of sin, and forgetting God just for a little bit. I still remember accepting that my life, as it is, isn't a punishment from God. I loved peering into Cecile's diary. I could see her naive faith grow and transform throughout the book. I appreciate that Maria Corley took anxiety and guilt, and weave them in so slowly throughout the book. Society often depicts anxious depressed people in dark rooms, and clad in black. But, people with high functioning anxiety are always misunderstood as people pleasers, perfectionists, strong, emotionless, OCD...I could go on and on...... Ms. Corley, thank you, for this well written novel seemingly about two people doomed to be in the "star cross lovers" category. It was more than I thought it was. It was more than love. More than a book about faith, and music, and family. More than witnessing a broken soul.......it was about taking hold of all that we are: our faults, our sins, in being loved by God no matter what, and our anxieties, and trusting in our self, our place in the Universe,........and Letting go. Take a bow, honey. This was a lovely read. *I received this book in exchange for a review. All thoughts, and opinions are my own.
GemmaDavison More than 1 year ago
What can I say about 'Letting Go' by Maria Corley? It was a novel that was so good and so moving, that it almost makes me speechless. Maria Corely has a contemporary and fresh take on romance fiction, telling her story of long distance love in the standard style, as well as diary entries, emails and letters. This gave the novel a really interesting edge, as well as helping the story flow nicely. The characters were so believable and showed a full range of emotions and motivations. It made 'Letting Go' all the more compelling. Maria Corely really made me feel for Cecile through the whole novel, through her triumphs and tradgedies, and through her joy and heartache. I felt frustration, betrayal, hope, annoyed and happiness. I've experienced my own troubles with love, so I found this novel really relatable, and I'm sure many other will too.
Fiction__Fanatic More than 1 year ago
This is a romance novel with a real difference, whilst being totally true to the trauma and stress that comes with young love. It's hard enough to be in love, but when that love is long distance, it can play havoc with your mind. Thompson Corley really captured this in 'Letting Go'', and I found myself really invested in the love story between the middle class Cecile and the working class Langston. I really wanted to two of them to forget their fears, and make it work, because their connection is so strong. You really get behind these protagonists; thanks to Thompson Corley wonderful deep writing, I really made a connection to them, and I remembered them long after the novel was over. If you are a fan of romance fiction, or even if you are not, give this book read, I couldn't put it down. With the risk of sounding cheesy, I had a hard time 'Letting Go' of this one.
Bookie__Wookie More than 1 year ago
Letting Go by Maria Thompson Corley was such an emotional read, full of love, hope, betrayal and laughter. It had everything you need for a great romance novel – A couple in love, hurdles to overcome, and supporting plots that weave together to create a wonderful and moving tale, that was beautifully written. The two protagonists, Cecile and Langston, as African American, face their own problems with the likes of racism and unfulfilled dreams, but they find strength in each other, despite the distance that separates them. In discovering each other, they also discover themselves, as well as finding courage to be authentic to their true selves. You won't be able to help but get invested in this novel, and be moved throughout with tears and joy and of sadness. Just a stunning novel, so worthy of 10 out of 10.
BiblioLove More than 1 year ago
If there was ever a romance novel that deserved to be made into a TV mini series or into a film for the big screen, it is 'Letting Go' by the fantastic Maria Thompson Corley. This gorgeous long distance love story, also takes on some difficult subjects like, religion and religion, without going down the preachy route. The characters were brilliant and the scene setting was really engrossing, which made for a really enjoyable read, which flowed along at an easy pace. I didn't feel the need to rush to get to the next chapter, I was happy enjoying living in each scene. I can honestly say, I missed the novel when it was over, so I would love a follow up story featuring Cecile and Langston once again.
MichelleG More than 1 year ago
I don't often read romance fiction, usually preferring darker genres. But, I found the synopsis of 'Letting Go' by Maria Thompson Corley very intriguing, plus it had lots of favourable reviews. I'm pleased to say that despite it not being my usual thing, I really enjoyed this novel. I loved how some of the story was told by diary entries and letters, and some of Cecile's emails had be laughing out loud. The characters were the real stand out of the novel, they were so believable, it was like observing real people grow throughout their journeys and troubles. So if you are a thriller lover and think romance fiction is bland, why not step out of your comfort zone like I did. With 'Letting Go' you will discover a novel that is unforgettable and that will really move you. It's always worth trying new things and I can't wait to read more from Thompson Corley in the future.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite Is there any turning back, any letting go when love beckons one to go beyond one’s self? Letting Go: A Novel by Maria Thompson Corley is an exciting love story that is brilliantly offered to fans of women’s fiction. They say that the opposite of love isn’t hate but fear, and Letting Go is a perfect example of this dictum, a story that will resonate in so many hearts. The meeting between Langston and Cecile might have been an accidental one, but what begins as a tiny spark gains staggering proportions and the two find themselves irresistibly drawn towards each other, in spite of the distance. But for their love to bring them where they want to be, they will have to battle huge challenges. Maria Thompson Corley is an author of the heart and knows just how well to make the reader’s heart beat faster. The language is charged with powerful and evocative images and these images will surely set off dormant yet strong emotions in readers as they read on. Told in the first and third person narratives, this story will grip the reader from the very beginning. The writing is focused and reflective of the mood of the characters. Although the plot isn’t complex, it has elements that make readers long to know what will come up next and where the story will end. The characters are well conceived, and readers will love to watch them grow, almost so naturally, discovering themselves and redefining their purpose. Letting Go: A Novel is a great success on many counts, one I’d gladly recommend for a fun romance. A beautiful love story with powerful characters.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite Letting Go: A Novel by Maria Thompson Corley is a beautiful story that expertly shows how falling in love can rock one’s world. It is also a story about what it takes to create the love one deserves. It might have been thought impossible for Cecile and Langston to be in love and to sustain the relationship for a long time because of the distance separating them, each of them committed to living their dreams. When they fall strongly in love with each other, they’ll have to define what they can take with them or leave behind for this love to bloom, but what lies ahead is even more challenging than they could ever have imagined. The stage is set for one of the intense dramas and love battles in romance. Cecile is a character I immediately connected with; yes, because she has an irresistible, very natural voice. The opening of the book drew me in instantly and I loved that the first person narrative voice was creatively used to examine the character’s state of mind and internal conflict. The characters are very real and convincing, and the author did a brilliant job to integrate aspects of social media into the story. The issues raised are very current, including the complexities of long-distance relationships, the problem of race, and the challenges that come with letting go of one’s comfort zone in pursuit of what one believes in. Fans of Letting Go: A Novel by Maria Thompson Corley will love the writing style, get immersed in the conflict, and enjoy the different narrative styles, but above all, they will love this inspiring story.